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The replacement of the bridge over Beaver Creek south of Vernonia is behind schedule.

A closed segment of Highway 47 between Buxton and Vernonia will not be re-opening to the public Thursday, Oct. 4, as planned, the Oregon Department of Transportation has announced.

On Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, ODOT stated that instead of opening later this week, the new highway bridge over Beaver Creek south of Vernonia will not be opening until Monday, Oct. 15 — weather permitting.

The department attributed the delay to "some complications during construction." The original 60-day closure period was an "aggressive schedule," ODOT stated, and it turned out to not be long enough for the work to be completed.

The highway has been closed in between McDonald and Johnson roads since Aug. 6. Timber Road has been designated as a detour route.

The bridge that is being replaced was aging and in poor condition, according to ODOT. As part of the project, work crews are also paving and installing drainage, retention walls and stormwater facilities in the area.


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